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The Great Water

The Great Water (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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A man near the end of his life relives a crucial period from his youth in this powerful drama. Lem Nikodinoski (Meto Jovanovski) is a prominent Macedonian politician who has suffered a severe heart attack. As Lem drifts between life and death, his mind wanders to his childhood, and he observes his younger self (played by Saso Kekenovski) during his days in a camp for children whose parents were unwilling to embrace Russia's Stalinist regime following World War II. Ariton (Mitko Apostolovski),

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Art House & International, Drama

Vladimir Blazeveski

Nov 22, 2005

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (6)

Pic's balance of emotional truth in the hands of a talented cast and charged by Medencevic's lensing and Kiril Dzajkovski's powerfully moody score, reps a bold step forward for Balkan cinema.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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It is an impressionistic, sometimes fascinating, sometimes frustrating, window into a culture and country that was long walled off from the West.

September 9, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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All of it, Chingo and Trajkov suggest, goes into shaping a Macedonian national identity uneasily poised between religious longing and ideological resolve.

July 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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You leave this film intrigued by its aspiration and not likely to forget the world it's introduced you to.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Portentous melodrama.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The Great Water is ultimately about the indomitability of faith, and the Christian symbolism is laid on thick.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Macedonian blockbuster is more successful as a technical accomplishment than as an engaging narrative.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The cinematic version should have focused on the strength of the orphans' tales, without wasting time with story framing.

September 8, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Great Water's greatest value is its depiction of a society that was as savagely committed to a false idea as its neighbor nations, but that somehow moved back toward reality -- and humanity -- before the Iron Curtain fell.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

The atmosphere of doom and dark destiny is superbly rendered by cinematographer Suki Medencevic whose imagery can only be described as brilliant.

June 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Trajkov's conceit of periodically positioning the elderly Lem as a witness to his misbegotten youth, however, is a distraction, simply because it belongs entirely to Bergman.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Excellent performances by the boys keep you captivated, but by seeing only the beginning and the end of Kekenovski's life, you feel like you're missing a rather interesting middle.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

This unusual Macedonian release is engrossing if not always nimbly directed.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A drama revolving around Christian faith and rebellion in an authoritarian Macedonian orphanage after World War II.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Handsomely produced, but grim and frequently depressing.

June 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Unvarnished, such a true tale packs an emotional wallop. Unfortunately, the way it is done raises unanswered questions.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Despite its shortcomings, the film excels in two key respects -- performance and production value.

May 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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